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Houston Cougars announce Quentin Grimes has joined the UH men's basketball program
NCAA must approve waiver for Grimes to play in the 2019-'20 season
POSTED: July 5, 2019 -- 1:59 p.m. CT
Grimes has signed a scholarship agreement with the University of Houston Men's Basketball program, Head Coach Kelvin Sampson announced Friday.
"One of the things I have always liked about Quentin is his basketball IQ and his ability to make plays. Everyone knows he can score, but one of his biggest strengths is being a playmaker," said Sampson, who is the two-time defending American Athletic Conference Coach of the Year. "Quentin is pretty good at a lot of things but what he does really well is think the game. That's how he is going to help us. I am excited to welcome Quentin and his family to Houston Basketball."
"We had a great visit when my family came to Houston, and I knew a lot of the guys on the team. I liked they way they embraced me and made me feel welcome," Grimes said. "I liked everything about Coach Sampson and the way he coaches the game. He is a players' coach. He lets his players play through mistakes, but he still coaches them hard."
As noted last week, Grimes has filed a waiver with the NCAA to be eligible to play in the upcoming 2019-'20 season. However, if the NCAA does not grant the waiver, Grimes would sit out the '19-'20 season and have three seasons of eligibility remaining beginning with the 2020-'21 season.
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Kelvin Sampson told Mark Berman of Fox 26 Sports, Quentin and his parents have filed a waiver request with the NCAA and obtained an attorney to handle the process.
University of Houston says guard Quentin Grimes (@qdotgrimes)signed his scholarship agreement making his transfer from Kansas to @UHCougarMBK official. Kelvin Sampson says Quentin & his family are in the process of trying to get a waiver from the NCAA so he can play this season: pic.twitter.com/Sk7uKTNhhT— Mark Berman (@MarkBermanFox26) July 5, 2019
Whether or not the NCAA approves the waiver, since Grimes has signed a scholarship agreement with the Coogs, Grimes will be able to travel with the Coogs to Italy in August 2019; practice with the team; and compete in the exhibition games in Italy.
Grimes, a McDonald's High-School All-American, graduated from The Woodlands College Park High School in 2018 and attended Kansas University for his freshman season in 2018-'19. Despite starting all 36 games as a freshman at KU, some believed Grimes had a disappointing season because he didn't live up to the hype surrounding his consensus top-10 ranking out of high school. Grimes averaged 8.4 points, 2.5 rebounds, and 2.0 assists per game in slightly more than 27 minutes per game. Grimes shot 38.4% from the floor including 34.0% from three-point range.
Grimes declared for the NBA Draft; however, he pulled his name out of the Draft and announced he was transferring from Kansas. On May 29, Bill Self, Head Coach at Kansas, announced Grimes had entered the NCAA Transfer Portal.
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